by Sean Buckely for Fierce Telecom
Fiber availability to business buildings and into other facilities such as cell towers and data centers has become a key issue as wireline operators look to fill their coffers with more enterprise and wholesale dollars. The equation is simple: Those service providers that connect more buildings, towers and data centers can derive more revenues from more customers at those locations.
Indeed, a number of regional and nationwide service providers are building out their fiber networks or are buying other fiber providers to expand their footprints. Verizon, for example, signed large-scale fiber orders with vendors Corning and Prysmian, while CenturyLink is in the process of completing a multibillion-dollar deal to acquire Level 3.